When it comes to cooking while camping, there’s a wide world of recipes out there. But often, vegan camping meals don’t get highlighted. Being some of the easiest and healthiest, we’re highlighting some of our favorite plant-based camping recipes.
Check out these recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. And if you’re cooking over a campfire, use our infographic on how to build a campfire. Have fun and enjoy your vacation!
Vegan Camping Breakfasts
Apple Pie Quinoa Porridge (V+GF)
Need a nourishing meal before a day of activity? This apple pie quinoa porridge is just the thing. It features fiber and complete protein in the quinoa, plus apple, walnuts, cinnamon, and more. Additionally, you can get creative with toppings like coconut flakes, almond butter, and jam.
Recipe borrowed from Fresh Off the Grid.
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 apple, chopped into one-inch cubes
- 12 ounces almond milk or coconut milk (not canned coconut milk)
- Four ounces water
- Pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- ¼ cup walnuts, chopped
- Rinse the quinoa and add to your pot with the ⅔ of the apples, coconut milk, water, salt, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil.
- Once the quinoa starts to boil, reduce to a simmer and cover until most of the liquid is absorbed, about 10-15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and maple syrup. Top with the remaining apples and walnuts, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and any other toppings you like.
Chickpea Breakfast Hash (V+GF)
This is an easy, healthy recipe. It’s also one of the best vegan camping meals for keeping you full. Chickpeas take the place of potatoes in this breakfast hash. Then, add your favorite veggies like onion, bell pepper, zucchini, mushrooms, and kale. Throw in a couple spices and you have a savory breakfast!
Don’t be afraid to add potatoes if you want extra carbs to fill you up. And if you’re not vegan, this breakfast hash is great topped with eggs.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Zucchini, sliced
- Onion, sliced
- (Optional) potatoes
- Bell pepper, sliced
- 15 ounces chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- (Optional) cumin, chili powder, or cayenne pepper
- Salt, to taste
- Heat the oil in a skillet on medium-high. Add the onions, pepper, and zucchini (and potatoes, if using) and sauté for about five minutes until the veggies begin to soften.
- Add the chickpeas and spices and cook until the veggies are cooked through and slightly browned, about ten minutes.
Vegan Camping Dinners
Loaded Sweet Potatoes (V+GF)
Here’s a tip: you can bake a sweet potato in a campfire. Just wrap it in foil and place it near the embers, rotating every couple minutes for 30-40 minutes depending on the heat of your fire. Once the potato is cooked, the real fun starts.
Like many great vegan camping meals, this one is all about getting creative. You can top your sweet potato with chili, scallions, vegan cheese, red onion, and more. You could even add sweet toppings like yogurt, cinnamon, and maple syrup. This is a real no-recipe recipe. It’s up to you!
Lemon and Broccoli One Pot Pasta (V)
Everyone loves a pasta dinner and this lemon and broccoli pasta is sure to satisfy. Better yet, it’s made in one pot. That means less clean-up while camping.
Feel free to add to this recipe as you like. Vegan Italian sausage (like Field Roast) would make a great addition. You could also add spinach and vegan cream cheese for a creamier pasta. Make it your own.
Recipe borrowed from Fresh Off the Grid.
- 1 pound penne pasta
- 2 small heads broccoli, chopped into small pieces
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Zest of one lemon
- 1/3 cup lemon juice, one lemon’s worth
- ¼ cup basil, roughly chopped
- (Optional) vegan parmesan, for topping
- Bring water to a boil in a large pot.
- In the meantime, prep your veggies and measure ingredients.
- Once the water begins to boil, generously salt and add the pasta. Set a timer for four minutes less than the recommended pasta cooking time.
- When the timer goes off, add the broccoli to the pot and continue cooking for four minutes.
- Once cooked, turn the heat to low and drain the pasta and broccoli into a colander.
- Return the pot to the heat and add olive oil, garlic, and red chili flakes. Cook for about one minute, stirring constantly.
- Add the lemon zest, juice, and basil, and stir to combine.
- Remove pot from heat and add pasta, broccoli, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir all ingredients together and top with vegan parmesan, if desired.
Vegan Camping Snacks
Hummus Bowls (V+GF)
When it comes to vegan camping meals, there are lots of great options. But how about snacks? When you’re in between meals, you need something to tide you over. And hummus bowls are just the thing!
There’s no recipe for hummus bowls. Simply mix hummus, pine nuts, and your favorite spices, like cumin, za’atar, cayenne, and smoked paprika. Then, dip with pretzels, crackers, carrots, bell pepper, or other veggies. This combo is full of nutrients and perfect for snacking.
On your next camping trip, it’s certain that you won’t go hungry. If you loved these vegan camping meals, don’t forget to share this post with your family, friends, or favorite vegan group!